Category: Fostering Service

What Our Foster Carers Say

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We know how much time and emotional investment it takes to become a foster carer. From looking for a reputable independent fostering agency to going through panel, it is important that you are comfortable with the people around you. We have close relationships with our foster carers and are there to support them at any… Read more »

Foster Carer Stories: Short Breaks Fostering

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Short Breaks Foster care is a temporary placement while future plans for the child / young person(s) are confirmed. A placement can last from a few days to a few months. But how does this all work in reality? We spoke to one of our foster carers Sally on her experiences (the name Harvey has… Read more »

How To Choose A Foster Agency

which foster agency to choose

Deciding which foster agency to choose can be hard. There are so many factors to consider. Charlotte is currently waiting to become a foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about the process she went through in deciding which foster agency to choose. What is your day job? I am an assistant headteacher in a mainstream… Read more »

What does foster care mean?

What foster care means

To foster care you provide a family life for children who are unable to live with their own parents. Across the UK, foster carers open their hearts and homes to children in need of love, care and attention. Sara has been a long time foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about what foster care means for her…. Read more »

Q&A: Why foster care?

why foster care?

Lola is currently going through an assessment to become foster carer. Having been through the process before, we spoke to her about her experiences and the big question: why foster care? What is your day job? I currently work as a senior social work assistant in a ‘Child in Care’ team in the West Midlands.  As part of… Read more »

Foster Carers’ Story: Toni and Ashley

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The names of the foster children have been changed to protect their identity. ‘We are happy because they are happy,’ says Ashley who gave up his job to foster twin boys with autism. ‘We say this is our family and we feel really close to them. We call them our boys.’ The twins came into… Read more »

A New Member Of Our Senior Team – Margaret Hopkins

Progress are thrilled to welcome our outstanding home manager Margaret Hopkins into the senior management team Before joining Progress as a support worker, Margaret was a foster carer for 22 years. Her magic was quickly recognised here and she progressed to senior, deputy and then registered manager. Over her 16 years with Progress, she has… Read more »

Progress Foster Carers Awards Lunch

Foster carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things… Opening your home and ultimately your heart to someone else’s child is not easy, but is a hugely rewarding experience. Celebrating this together is important, because our foster carers make it possible for Progress to contribute to improving the lives and outcomes of many children in our… Read more »

A Foster Carer’s Story: Pauline

It was late one evening when Sasha arrived. She was just a year-old, dressed in a pink padded coat and carried through the door. ‘She looked so scared and dirty,’ says Pauline who was there to open her heart and give her a home. Later as Pauline gently placed her in a warm bubble bath,… Read more »

Step down to fostering

Hub Breaks

Step down to fostering Progress is a privately owned specialist organisation with strong values and a high commitment to delivering and evidencing positive outcomes for children living at home or in care. We offer an integrated service which supports disabled children on their journey, focusing on the least restrictive support and ensuring the right package… Read more »